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Verify Scope or Validate Scope?

edited May 2012 in PM Certifications

The Guide defines:

Validation: The assurance that a product, service, or system meets the needs of the customer and other identified stakeholders. It often involves acceptance and suitability with external customers. Contrast with verification.


Verification: The evaluation of whether or not a product, service, or system complies with a regulation, requirement, specification, or imposed condition. It is often an internal process. Contrast with validation.


Verify Scope [Process]: The process of formalizing acceptance of the completed project deliverables.

Verify Scope involves obtaining 'acceptance' of completed project deliverables from the customers. Doesn't it align more with the definition of 'Validation'. If yes, shouldn't Verify Scope be called 'Validate Scope'?

Ref: PMBOK Guide, 4th Edition, Glossary, Page 452



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